Students from the School of Massage Therapy at Northwestern Health Sciences University visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, recently to provide chair massages to medical school students and staff.

Northwestern has signed a clinical education partnership agreement with the Mayo Clinic and the field trip was the first step in developing the relationship between Northwestern and Mayo, according to a Northwestern press release.

“We’re in the early stages of evolution, but I’m very excited about the collaboration between Northwestern and the Mayo Clinic,” said Dale Healey, D.C., dean of the School of Massage Therapy. “This is the first step toward additional clinical education experience for massage therapy students at Northwestern and fosters our relationship and discussion with the Mayo Clinic.”

“We want to form relationships with Northwestern to establish universal best practices for massage therapy and massage in the Mayo health system,” said Ryan Eastman, operations manager at Mayo’s Healthy Living Center. “Our ultimate goal is to establish standardized massage therapy at Mayo and integrate massage therapy with the School of Health Sciences at Mayo.”

Throughout the day, Northwestern students gave chair massages to more than 150 medical school students and employees in the Mayo health system and were supervised by instructor Valerie Johnson, N.C.T.M.B. The chair massages took place in the Healthy Living Center and at the Mayo Medical School.

“We’re hoping to educate people about massage and want medical students to learn about its benefits in the realm of integrated medicine,” said Lauren Jansons, a medical student at the Mayo Medical School and coordinator of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine student group.

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